Molten metal ignites fire at ALCOA plant

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BLOUNT COUNTY (WVLT) – A fire burned for about an hour at ALCOA's South Ingot plant Sunday morning.

It was reportedly caused by a molten metal leak.

Blount County dispatchers confirm the fire broke out just before 11:00 a.m. in building 81. Thirty minutes later, a request for help fighting the fire was put out over the radio to Knoxville and Maryville fire fighters.

The fire was under control by noon, and ALCOA spokesperson Christie Newman says there were no injuries.

Witnesses reported seeing thick smoke from the fire, as far away as Knoxville.

Aerial video from Eye in the Sky Pete Michaels showed firefighters around the building, and several fire hoses on the ground, stretching into the building.

Reports from the scene indicate the smoke was black and had a plastic-like taste.

Early investigations indicate that there was a molten metal leak that caused some hydraulic fluid to ignite.

The South Ingot plant makes ingots from molten metal, according to an ALCOA spokesperson.

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